Colts vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 43-22 Win over Indianapolis

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Colts vs. Patriots: Takeaways from New England's 43-22 Win over Indianapolis
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots rode a dominant ground game to defeat the Indianapolis Colts and return to the AFC Championship for the third straight season. It was a kind of playoff win Patriots fans aren't used to seeing, with the Pats rushing the ball 46 times and throwing it only 25.

The Patriots' backfield trio of LeGarrette Blount, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen put up 234 yards on the ground with six touchdowns, while Tom Brady was efficient and didn't make the kind of mistakes that emerging star Andrew Luck (four interceptions) did.

The defense got great play from its rookies and youngsters, who came through with a number of big plays, as the group is jelling at exactly the right time.

The Patriots are now one win away from going to the Super Bowl, and while they wait to find out who they'll play, let's take a look at what we learned in a Brady-light playoff win.

Here are the takeaways!

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